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Issue #662 May 2011

Feature Articles

Three select articles will be offered in their entirety each month, available to all visitors.

BORO T 0511 Aquarium Science: Restoring Vision to Blind Cave Fish
Author: Richard Borowsky, PhD
AMANO T 0511 Creating a Natural Feel by Combining Undergrowth Plants (Full Article)
In the Nature Aquarium, short aquatic plants ...
Author: Takashi Amano
ROSS T 0511 Feeding Marine Fish the Right Way
Author: Bill Rosser
Fishes of Malaysia
Author: Tony Pinto
WING T 0511 Freshwater Crustaceans, Part Two: Crayfishes and Crabs
Author: Kenneth Wingerter
FENN T 0511 Small, but Pugnacious: The Pseudocheilinus Wrasses (Full Article)
The wrasses of the genus Pseudocheilinus ...
Author: Bob Fenner
GOSN T 0511 Tackling Misconceptions About Popular Marines
Author: Jeremy Gosnell
FLAN T 0511 The Best Dwarf Cichlid for the Beginner (Full Article)
Cichlids are well known for their interesting ...
Author: Marie Flanigan
DENA T 0511 The Top 10 Hardy Water Lilies
Author: Mark Denaro


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AIA T 0511 A 45-Gallon Paludarium for Freshwater Crabs
Author: Bill Brissette
POM T 0511 Amazing Anubias
Author: Jeff Ucciardo
AJ T 0511 Ask Jack
Author: Jack Wattley
TR T 0511 Buyer Beware, Part 2: Harlequin Shrimps, Nautiluses, and Feather Stars
Author: James Fatherree
IR T 0511 Import Report
Author: Stan Sung
CICH T 0511 Meet the Micros
Author: Eric Hanneman, PhD

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COVER T 0511

About the Cover

Just as some freshwater fish need a lot more than just a tank of fresh water to thrive, many marine species have special needs way beyond just salt water. This magnificent powder blue tang Acanthurus leucosternon on our cover requires extremely pristine water quality, plenty of room, and a diet based on macroalgae. Two of this month’s features address these issues for tangs and other popular species: Bill Rosser’s “Feeding Marine Fish the Right Way” (p. 86) and Jeremy Gosnell’s “Tackling Misconceptions About Popular Marines” (p. 98).

photograph by James Fatherree

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Species Profiles

PT T 0511 Pogostemon helferi
Describer: HOOK. F. 1982
FOM T 0511 Balistoides conspicillum
Describer: (BLOCH & SCHNEIDER 1801)

Tip of the Month:

That while most fish are either freshwater or marine, with a small number of species regularly inhabiting brackish estuarine habitats, a few fishes are at home in water of any salinity, including hypersaline - saltier than seawater! Some of these species, like the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas, are not potential aquarium specimens, but the group includes the popular sailfin molly Poecilla spp. and the much underappreciated native American sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus. These can be kept under fresh, brackish, or marine conditions.

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